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Burns Middle School Becomes a Creek Kids School

Sport Fish Restoration

The red carpet was rolled out for Creek Kids presenters. Southern hospitality at its finest. Thank you Burns Middle for allowing us to talk with you.

Mrs. Morrison presents Burns Middle with their very own watershed map of their school. The map highlights land usage and the number of fish species within their watershed. Today, they will learn abiotic and biotic impacts affecting fish in their watershed.
Mrs. Morrison holds up the State of Alabama freshwater fish, the largemouth bass. Fishing is a great way to learn about the aquatic environment. Click here if you want to learn how to fish.
A student sprinkles cocoa on a watershed model. The cocoa represents mud, an abiotic factor affecting the watershed. Mrs. Morrison simulates rain by spraying water from a bottle onto the watershed model. What do you think will happen?
Finding critters was the highlight of the presentation. Exotics are good examples of a biotic factor affecting animals within the wateshed. Here a student shows off what was found in their watershed, an Asian Clam. Exotics will compete for resources against our native animals. Green and yellow magnifiers allow for a closer look. Students learned that smaller animals in nature are eaten by larger ones. Animals in nature are linked together similar to a chain.

In the right photo, a seine was used to collect fish from the Dog River watershed. Abiotic factors within this watershed has lowered fish diversity. Very few fish were found today. Taking action today, to conserve fish and wildlife and the places they live is the key to ensuring they survive for generations to enjoy.
Very few fish species were collected. Redear and bluegill bream were common fish found in our seine hauls.
Biologist Moss discusses the need for clean water for people, industry, and wildlife. All things benefit from a healthy environment.
Biologist Jackson emphasized to students that balancing indoor activities with outdoor recreation such as fishing, visiting parks, nature watching, and hunting develops an appreciation to nature.
Thanks for the great fun!
Mrs. Brenda Morrison

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A couple of students examine some horn snails. Horn snails are in a group called invertebrates

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